Lost Tracks
176 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Jun 2008

Lost Tracks

Buffalo National Park, 1909-1939

Athabasca University Press

While contemporaries and historians alike hailed the establishmentof Buffalo National Park in Wainwright, Alberta as a wildlife savingeffort, the political climate of the early 20th century worked againstit.

The Canadian Parks Branch was never sufficiently funded to operateBNP effectively or to remedy the crises the animals faced as a result.Cross-breeding experiments with bison and domestic cattle provedunfruitful. Attempts at commercializing the herd had no success.Ultimately, the Department of National Defence repurposed the park formilitary training and the bison disappeared once more.

This book sheds light on the history of Canada's national parks,bison recovery efforts, and environmental thought in the first halfof the twentieth century.

Lost Tracks: Buffalo National Park 1909–1939 is a ‘must read’ for any bison enthusiast with an interest in the history of bison conservation in Canada. In this book, Jennifer Brower describes in clear and concise form the history of the establishment of Buffalo National Park in Wainwright and its significance in the protection of plains bison in Canada. While attempts have been made to pull this story together, none have been as well researched and presented as Lost Tracks. Wes Olson, former Park Warden, Elk Island National Park
Jennifer Brower received her MA in 2004 from theUniversity of Alberta. She currently works at the Buffalo National ParkFoundation in Wainwright, Alberta. Her research continues to focus onBNP and on the history of east-central Alberta.



Chapter 1: Where the Buffalo Roamed

Chapter 2: Bison Conservation and Buffalo National Park

Chapter 3: A Well-Run Ranch

Chapter 4: Zookeepers and Animal Breeders

Chapter 5: "Evolving the Arctic Cow"

Conclusion: A Forgotten Park


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